What Future? Street Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo: V. Abuses

    So anyway… the other day I got this thumb-solicitation for a site. Normally when I get these I just oblige: I visit, and thumb them down.

    But this one was different.

    It made me stop and think.

    I shan’t embarrass the sender by naming them, but the message was:

    For the up coming Xmas!
    check this blog out: maclegacy.blogspot.com

    Help them out. Do something good for Xmas.

    The basic story here is: there’s this family, they have a kinda dated PC system, I mean it’s only a 1.7Ghz processor, it’s definitely last year’s tech.

    They would like to upgrade to a MacBook Pro, presumably as they have seen the ads, and wish to be Different&atrade;. This, however, will cost them $2,499…

    Which is pretty big money if you are ‘poor’.

    So far they have made $18.50, only $2480.50 to go. But in today’s caring society, that’s nothing when people get together to help those in need! I mean look at Novemnber the 5th, Ron Paul (PBUH) day, they raised almost $4 million, just to pay for an advertising campaign!

    Who wouldn’t want to help others at Xmas?

    Oh wait, I almost forgot to review this site. Silly me.

[ A street girl warms herself by a fire in the evening. – Marcus Bleasdale ]

    Fifteen-year-old Amelie left home at age ten when her parents died, and now lives with a group of girls in Lubumbashi, who share food, sleep in a group during the day, and engage in sex work at night. She told Human Rights Watch researchers that she may go with three or four men each night and can make from 1,000 to 2,000 Congolese francs (U.S.$2 to $4). The amount of money she receives is conditional on whether condoms are used. She tries to insist that her clients use condoms every time. She told us, “Sometimes men come and take me by force and afterwards, leave me no money. That happens often, I started this work when I was ten years old. It is not a good life. I would rather go somewhere else and study.”
    $2499 = 625 days of sex work for her, at the full $4 price.

    The amount given for St. Ron Paul, never mind the mainstream candidates?

    A lot more days, but then, you know, it’s true: the choice between tweedle-dee and tweedle-dumber, and tweedle-crackhead… that’s far more important than 10 years olds selling themselves for sex on the street. That’s Civilisation.

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